Rain triggers landslides in Kashmir; buries eight jawans, seven rescued, one missing
An entire village on the edge of Line of Control in Gurez valley of North Kashmir was inundated on Tuesday night after heavy rains triggered land-slides and flashfloods in frontier district of Bandipora.
Seven jawans of BSF's 113 battalion were injured while one was still missing when their camp got buried under a landslide after the rains in Barnoi village after being hit by a land slide.
"Seven of the men were rescued while one is still missing," said BSF spokesperson K.N Tiwari adding that none of the rescued men were severely injuries and operations are on to find the missing jawan.
Churwun village on the banks of Kishen-Ganga was flooded following heavy rainfall on Tuesday night. The water body after crossing another 3 km from the village flows into Pakistan as Neelam River.
"It is the last village on this side of Line of Control comprising of some 20 houses besides a school and two water mills. A house was completely washed away while all other structures were inundated. Luckily no one was injured in the incident," said sub divisional magistrate of Gurez valley, M.A Haqaq.
"The villagers mostly are farmers whose standing crops of maize and rajmah have been damaged," he said.
The link road connecting the villages with the main district Bandipora was also blocked due to the landslides.
"A road stretch of 3 km is still under the debris and the work is going on. We are also ascertaining the losses to the crops and the property," said Haqaq.